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SACRAMENTO – The California Transportation Commission (CTC) allocated more than $1.1 billion for a total of 133 State Highway Operation and Protection Program (SHOPP) projects throughout California, including almost $994 million for 47 fix-it-first projects funded by Senate Bill 1 (SB 1), the Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017.

“This summer, motorists are seeing our crews hard at work repairing and improving our highway’s infrastructure,” said Acting Caltrans Director Bob Franzoia. “Since SB 1 was passed, Caltrans has made progress on strengthening our transportation system and this new allocation of nearly $1 billion of SB 1 funds will be used to continue to address the backlog of repairs and upgrades.”

The SB 1 funded projects will replace or improve 880 lane miles, 30 bridges, 474 congestion reducing devices, and repair 83 culverts to prevent flooding on highways.

Area state highway projects allocated SB 1 funds include:
• Pavement Preservation on State Route 14 in Los Angeles County: $177.2 million pavement preservation project will upgrade guardrail, dikes, sign panels, curb ramps, traffic loop detectors, shoulders and improve 95.9 lane miles of State Route 14 from Avenue P-8 near the city of Palmdale in Los Angeles County to the Los Angeles/Kern County line near the city of Lancaster.
• Traffic Management System Project on Several Freeways in Los Angeles County: $38.5 million traffic management systems project will improve the flow of traffic in the cities of Los Angeles, Carson and Gardena by upgrading and replacing field elements and existing copper cables with fiber optic line along Interstate 110 from Gaffey Street near the town of San Pedro to I-5 in Los Angeles County, State Route 2 at the Transportation Management Center (TMC) Building in Los Angeles County, I-5 at I-10 Interchange, and I-405 at I-105 Interchange in Los Angeles County.
• Pavement Preservation on State Route 23 in Ventura County: $118.8 million pavement preservation project will upgrade pedestrian facilities (sidewalks) to Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards, guardrails, replace traffic loop detectors, signs, ramps, shoulders and 46.7 lane miles of State Route 23 from U.S. Highway 101 in the city of Thousand Oaks to State Route 118 in the city of Moorpark in Ventura County.
• Pavement Project on State Route 57 in Los Angeles County: $98.9 million pavement project will upgrade the concrete median barrier, and replace the High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lane and 44.5 lane miles of State Route 57 from the Los Angeles/Orange County line to SR-60 in the city of Diamond Bar in Los Angeles County.

Other SB 1 funding included $10.5 million for the Trade Corridor Enhancement Program, which is dedicated to projects that will improve truck corridors, border access, the freight rail systems, the capacity and efficiency of ports, and highways to better handle and move freight.

More than $33.1 million of SB 1 funding was also allocated to the Local Partnership Program (LPP) to help match investments that local communities have made in their region through voter-approved transportation tax measures.

In addition, the CTC approved an allocation of almost $5.4 million in SB 1 funds for 16 locally administered Active Transportation Program (ATP) projects, which range from improving sidewalks and bicycle lanes to creating safer routes to school for children who ride their bicycles or walk to school.

SHOPP is the state highway system’s “fix-it-first” program that funds safety improvements, emergency repairs, highway preservation and operational highway upgrades. A significant portion of the funding for this program comes from SB 1.

Since SB 1 was signed into law April 2017, Caltrans has repaired or replaced 115 bridges and paved nearly 1,500 lane miles of the state highway system.

SB 1 invests approximately $5.4 billion per year to fix roads, freeways and bridges in communities across California as well as strategically investing in transit. These funds are split equally between state and local projects and will allow Caltrans to fix more than 17,000 lane miles of pavement, 500 bridges and 55,000 culverts on the state highway system by 2027.

More information and updates on these and other projects can be found on Caltrans’ social media channels: http://www.dot.ca.gov/paffairs/social-media.html.

Caltrans is committed to conducting its business in a fully transparent manner and detailing its progress to the public. For complete details on SB 1, visit http://www.rebuildingca.ca.gov/.

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